“What are all of you doing? Are you all dead? Still not quickly go and pull the second miss down?!”
Yun Xuan Zhi stepped inside and took one glance. Wang mama hold Yun Ruo Xue’s waist. Yun Ruo Xue is obsessed with bumping in the wooden pillar, making Yun Xuan Zhi roar in anger.
Hearing Yuan Xuan Zi saying those words, the maids who originally didn’t dare to enter the chamber, immediately rushed forward. They pulled Yuan Ruo Xue but didn’t dare to hurt her. A dozen people went to great lengths to pull down Yun Ruo Xue.
And Su Qing is already too lazy to look at it. She went to sit on the couch. With resentment she looked at Yun Xuan Zhi whom she hasn’t seen in a long time.
“Qing er1, what’s this matter? You’ve always been reliable. Why didn’t you stop Xue er from doing things that are disgraceful? You’re her biological mother, ah. You actually have the heart to watch your own daughter commit suicide?! What’s your heart made of?! Why is it so ruthless?! I misjudged you!”
Yun Xuan Zhi saw that Su Qing is only bothering with sitting on the couch and resting. She even forgot to greet him. The anger in his heart rose. In front of everyone, while pointing at Su Qing’s nose, he scolded her.
Su Qing while hearing Yuan Xuan Zhi’s accusations, the tears in her eyes slowly slid down. Her face didn’t show hurt or sadness. Finally, she raised her head and laughed out loud……
After half an incense stick, did she stand up. She walked towards Yun Xuan Zhi with tears in her eyes and a small smile on her mouth. Clearly and plainly, she said: “Xiangye really misjudged nubi2! And nubi is really wrong for giving a real heart! Originally, nubi thought xiangye’s heart still has nubi, but now nubi understands anyone can replaces nubi. And xiangye is able to forget nubi with anyone! Xiangye hasn’t come to see this mother and child for so long. This time meeting, but xiangye is being so brusque as if nubi did things that offend the heaven and earth! You say, did you hurt nubi deeply or are all of these only nubi’s fault?
Yun Xuan Zhi was loss for words being asked like that by Su Qing. Remebering about these past days, while Su Qing is pregnant, he didn’t set a foot in Feng He yuan because he got several young and beautiful concubines.
And remembering again the face full of joy after hearing that Hua yiniang is pregnant and wishing that he can move the entire xiangfu’s warehouse to Fu Liu yuan, but to Su Qing who is also pregnant he didn’t even ask her well being!
Thinking about the hardship that Su Qing suffered while managing xiangfu and that she followed him without bothering about a title, Yuan Xuan Zhi felt endless shame. The eyes looking at Su Qing is filled with heartache. His mouth whispered “Qing er”, but he didn’t know what to explain.
Wang mama who stood at the side, seeing that Su Qing caught Yun Xuan Zhi’s heart again, couldn’t help but applaud for Su Qing’s strategy. She quietly led the maids away. She personally pulled away Yun Ruo Xue who still wanted to make trouble and left the chamber for Su Qing’s show.
The Su Qing at this time looked extremely calm. She waved the Yun Xuan Zhi and said: “Nubi only wants to give xiangye a boy. I’m not in the mood and don’t have any intention for those who are fighting for favor and power. Xiangye don’t need to feel guilty. It would be better for you to go to Fu Liu yuan to accompany Hua yiniang. After all, she is pregnant for the first time. Her heart must be somewhat afraid.”
While talking, Su Qing turned around and didn’t look at Yun Xuan Zhi again. But the shoulders that are shaking a little, made Yun Xuan Zhi’s heart ache. He took a big step forward and forcefully took Su Qing in his embrace. With his head on her shoulder, he whispered in her ear: “Qing er, don’t be mad! No matter how much favor she gains, she’ll not reach the place you have in my heart. In my eyes, your children are the best. You’re not allowed to eat sour vinegar3 for these kinds of things. I was wrong just now. I shouldn’t have scolded you without asking the reason. You’re not allowed to get mad and accidentally hurt the child.”
After the speech, Yun Xuan Zhi’s hand gently covered Su Qing’s belly. With all his heart, he wanted to sense the little life inside.
A hot tear which can enter people’s heart fell on his hand. Then the sound of Su Qing’s crying came. Yun Xuan Zhi couldn’t bear it anymore. Both hands held Su Qing’s shoulders, turned her around and fiercely hugged her……
And Su Qing who buried her face in Yun Xuan Zhi’s chest, finally couldn’t control her emotions anymore. A hand fiercely beat Yun Xuan Zhi’s back. Another hand fiercely held his waist. In his arms, she cried loudly.
Yun Xuan Zhi’s heart felt guilt, so he didn’t stop her from venting. He quietly held her and let her cry.
After half an incense stick, did Su Qing hide the tears in her eyes. But when she saw Yun Xuan Zhi’s pale blue tunic full of her own tears, she shyly blushed.
Yun Xuan Zhi saw her shy but lovely and charming expression, his heart skipped a beat. He picked her up and went towards the big bed. The two people showed tenderness for quiet a while.
Wang mama who was guarding on the outside, saw that furen totally won, felt happy for Su Qing. Especially when the ears heard the sound of joy of man and woman within the chamber, Wang mama’s smile was like blooming flowers. But Wang mama only cared for the movement in the chamber and completely forgot Yun Ruo Xue who was beside her.
Yun Ruo Xue, an unmarried girl hearing these sounds; her face has been flushed red. In her heart, she hated Su Qing more. She hated her for not looking at what time it is and that her head is only full of this kind of thing. The pair of hand resting on her knees jerked into fists. She only thought about how to complain later with Yun Xuan Zhi.
After a long time, did it quiet down in the chamber. It took another half hour before Yun Xuan Zhi walked out from Su Qing’s chamber.
Yun Ruo Xue saw her opportunity coming, immediately jumped up from the bench. She quickly rushed to Yun Xuan Zhi, but she has been scared by Su Qing’s fierce gaze…..
“Ah, I forgot, why did Xue er wanted to commit suicide just now? Don’t you know that your mother is pregnant and need to take good care of her body? Next time, if you’re so reckless again, see how I’ll punish you!”
Yun Xuan Zhi saw Yun Ruo Xue’s expression which still didn’t know the severity, immediately used verbal teaching.
Yun Ruo Xue saw that after having some happy moments, his target became herself. In a blink her heart is full of grievances. With red eyes, she roared: “Now everyone’s heart and eyes don’t have me. I might as well die! I just want to participate in Lao Tai Jun’s birthday. Why are all of you……”
Yun Ruo Xue hasn’t finished yet when Su Qing covered her mouth. Incidentally she pulled her backwards. She explained to Yun Xuan Zhi: “It’s no big deal! It’s just that this child didn’t buy any new jewelry to participate in the birthday, so she threw a little temper. After coaxing a little, it’ll be good. You better go see Hua yiniang. Here, there’s me.”
Yun Xuan Zhi glared once at Yun Ruo Xua and then he nodded with affection to Su Qing.He said softly: “I’ll come see you at night again.”
After talking, he strode out of Feng He yuan.
Yun Ruo Xue saw that her only chance has been cut by her biologicial mother. That pair of eyes is full of hatred. But Su Qing only smiled faintly at her and uttered some words that Yun Ruo Xue couldn’t believe: “Since you want to participate in the birthday, your mother will comply with you.”
Yun Ruo Xue couldn’t believe what she heard. She was shocked and her eyes looked full of suspicion at Su Qing. Her mother raised a hand and grabbed her chin. With a trace of pain did Yun Ruo Xue finally believe that all of this is true. Suddenly a huge joy entered her heart. Yun Ruo Xue hugged Su Qing with a big smile. She asked: “Mother, is this true? Do you really agree?”
Su Qing seeing her happy like that also laughed. One hand stroked the white gauze on her daughter’s head. She said: “Silly kid, of course it’s true. Would mother lie to you? Later, I’ll let people go inform Yun Qian Meng and old madam to let them come at night. In front of your dad and old madam, I’ll give back her mother’s things to her!”
Hearing that, Yun Ruo Xue nodded. The ferocious appearance just now completely changed. Carefully, she led the tired Su Qing back in the chamber to rest.
In Qi Luo yuan, after hearing this news, Mi mama felt that there must be some secret. Otherwise, according to Su Qing’s past behavior, how would she easily return madam’s dowry back to miss.
Yun Qian Meng is only looking interestingly at the scenery outside the window. On her mouth hung a touch of casual smile, making Mi mama and Mu Chun unable to guess what their miss is thinking at this moment. Or it could be that she has been turned into a state of confusion by Su Qing.
“Miss, Su yiniang letting you go to Feng He yuan tonight must be some conspiracy. You better not go.”
In the end Mu Chun is young and isn’t as tolerant as Mi mama. She thought Yun Qian Meng was smiling because she was angry a said those words with worry.
It’s just that after hearing Mu Chun, Yun Qian Meng smiled more brightly and dazzling. The eyes that were half-closed showed a little coldness like frost making people afraid. But her whole body is exuding a gentle atmosphere, giving people an illusion.
“Why shouldn’t I go,” Yun Qian Meng softly asked.
Even Mu Chun and Mi mama knew that Su Qing didn’t have any good intention; naturally Yun Qian Meng knew her purpose.
Mu Chun and Mi mama was stunned for a moment. They don’t understand how their miss could laugh so happily and asking them rhetorically. She obviously wants to go to the appointment. But that Su Qing never liked to see their miss. Particulary, now that the miss has xiangye’s and old madam’s favor. Su Qing can only try any means to harm, so she wouldn’t really invite miss.
Seeing that Yun Qian Meng has a not very concerned expression, Mi mama also got anxious. She strode forward, bend her head and whispered in Yun Qian Meng’s ear: “Miss, this afternoon xiangye just came from Feng He yuan. The servant at xiangye’s side said that xiangye stayed at Feng He yuan for nearly two hours. He went in very angry, but when he went out, his face was blooming. Miss, this explains the problem. Presumably Su yiniang gained favor again. Doesn’t this mean that she wants to give you a heavy blow with xiangye’s favor?! Before we were too softhearted and didn’t quickly dispose her!”
Saying till there, Mi mama’s eyes were full of regret. Staying in this big yuan for such a long time, she has been long accustomed to seeing the phenomenon of losing favor and then gaining favor again. But she reacted too late. Before, she didn’t expect that there won’t be an opportunity to suppress Su Qing till she can’t stand up again. The result (of reacting too late) now is that it caused trouble for miss and may harm her body again (by too much thinking).
Yun Qian Meng saw that Mi mama is upset like that, the coldness in her eyes flashed a trace of warmth. She said warmly: “Mama, if we can really dispose of Su Qing then with Fu Guo Gong Fu’s power, they’ll surely would have investigated mother’s death that year. Since she can deceive the heaven and earth, then naturally she’ll have her means and schemes. We mustn’t look down on her just because her status is that of a yiniang.”
That year, Su Qing killed her little brother but left herself was not because of her heart was compassionate or her hands are lenient. This matter told herself that Su Qing is someone with intelligence.
By killing Yun Xuan Zhi’s son, she got rid of the most important enemy. Otherwise, if this child grows up, will certainly be suspicious of his biological mother’s death. By that time, between a concubine and an heir, Yun Xuan Zhi certainly will choose his successor. Then this child will certainly take revenge for his mother. Su Qing naturally won’t have a good end.
Therefore, she bribed a midwife and got rid of that child without anyone finding out. That was Su Qing’s first step in her plan. And leaving herself is just to block Fu Guo Gong Fu. After all, if Qu Ruo Li died after leaving a daughter, as long as the midwife announces that Qu Ruo Li died from giving birth, even Fu Guo Gong Fu could do nothing. And she after all is a girl. In the future, she’ll be married off; poured out water. The threat to Su Qing is not as big as a son’s. And so letting herself live on, is the second step in Su Qing’s plan. And this little girl already suffered in the womb. Naturally, it’ll be difficult to keep her alive. In the future, if she accidentally died, would only be blamed that the child’s life is unlucky. Being reincarnated into a rich family but doesn’t have the life to survive. Then the blame will only be on herself. Therefore, Su Qing is considerate on the surface, but in secret wished for the death of the previous Yun Qian Meng. Have to say, that this step by step calculation of Su Qing, even water can’t leak through. However, everything was for nothing. She forgot that Yun Qian Meng has an aunt called empress dowager. Fortunately, there’s the empress dowager’s protection that Yun Qian Meng can become an adult in this difficult xiangfu. Although she doesn’t want to admit it and regardless for what purpose the empress dowager put Shui er and Bing er by her side, Yun Qian Meng can stay alive till this day is really because of the empress dowager’s protection.
If she didn’t guess wrong, at the same time Su Qing sent people to invite her, she also sent people to invite the old madam. She fears that this time Su Qing went too drastic and made a bold gamble. Su Qing wants to give her Qu Ruo Li’s dowry back in front of Yun Xuan Zhi and old madam. At the same time Su Qing wants to state that she is just keeping it custody. If she accepts Su Qing’s kindness, it’ll bury the suspicion of Yun Xian Zhi and old madam have towards Su Qing and at the same time create hostility for her.
If she refuse, then she’s afraid that this dowry will forever become Su Qing’s private wealth. Have to say, Su Qing really is very smart. But, she’s not clever to the point that she (YQM) can’t use any strategy against to.
The mouth slightly curved up, making a smile that’s colder than ice. Yun Qian Meng looked out the window at the gradually falling sunset. Her heart is actually looking forward to the night that the sunset will bring.
Night soon fell. The dark night is dotted with countless of stars. So dazzling yet so cold.
After Mi mama and Mu Chu served and waited for Yun Qian Meng to finish dinner, they help her put on her outer shirt. Afraid of the night wind and frost, they specially added a single cloak. Then they walked out of Qi Luo yuan to Feng He yuan.
And at this time in Feng He yuan, Su Qing is gently accompanying Yun Xuan Zhi finishing off dessert. Then the two people went back in the inner chamber and talked too each other about what happened in these past few days.
Yun Ruo Xue is already waiting. Her eyes frequently looked out of the window, wishing that Yun Qian Meng arrives more quickly.
When Yun Qian Meng and her people arrived at the garden. They unexpectedly encountered old madam and her entourage. They immediately approached and paid their respects. But at this time, old madam’s expression isn’t very good. Just when she saw Yun Qian Meng did she give a very small smile. However, it’s no wonder. The things about Yun Xuan zhi staying in the afternoon at Feng He yuan must have spread to every corner of xiangfu. Old madam naturally also knows. Not to mention that after Yun Xuan Zhi left, Su Qing sent a notice to old madam to let her come to Feng He yuan after dinner. Where should old madam put her face? A little yiniang, just getting a little favored, forgot who she (yiniang) is and is beginning to command the zhumu of this house. It’ll really be strange if old madam didn’t get angry.
Yun Qian Meng took all of this into her eyes, but didn’t mention it. Even more, she didn’t say anything bad about Su Qing in front of old madam, but she is rather passionately holding old madam’s hand and asking concerned what for dished old madam used for dinner. If the dished isn’t to her taste, she must definitely tell the kitchen.
Old madam saw that in front of this granddaughter, she still has face. The cool air on her face lessened a bit more. Her hand lightly patted Yun Qian Meng’s hand and said smilingly: “Yatou6, don’t worry. All is well with zhumu. Liu yiniang is also a caring person. She thought about all the necessities of life even more than the people around me. Coupled with yatou’s concern for zhumu, I’m already really comfortable.”
The meaning of the words is really evident. In Bai Shun Tang it’s really comfortable, but outside Bai Shun Tang it’s not to old madam’s heart.
Yun Qian Meng smiled, but didn’t say a word. She pretended to hear the lines between those words. She only single-minded walked with old madam to Feng He yuan.
At this time, the maids in Feng HE yuan already ran into the inner chamber to inform Su Qing. When Yun Qian Meng and old madam walked into the inner chamber, the people inside, already stood up and greeted old madam.
Yun Qian Meng let her gaze swept over the expression of the people inside the chamber. Just seeing that Yun Xuan Zhi’s face is full of happiness, Su Qing looked really charming, Yun Ruo Xue’s eyes are full of joy. Just in half a day, Su Qing appeased both Yun Xuan Zhi and Yun Ruo Xue!
At this time, Su Qing is also looking at Yun Qian Meng. Seeing that Yun Qian Meng looked indifferent and calm, hate flashed through Su Qing’s smiling eyes, which was then covered with a ticker smile and attended the old madam to her seat.
Old madam is also blunt. With a cold face, she sat on the seat where Yun Xuan zhi sat just now. The maids poured new tea. After everyone drank a mouthful, did the old madam glance at Yun Xuan Zhi and said: “Su yiniang is more and more precious now and able order this old woman (she’s referring to herself)!”
After those words, Yun Xuan Zhi’s expression didn’t change and still looked at Su Qing with eyes full of affection. And Su Qing with a terrified expression walked to the front of old madam and explained: “Old madam, don’t get angry! Because there is important matter that nubi didn’t have a choice but to send people to invite old madam.”
While she was talking, Su Qing anted to kneel but Yun Xuan Zhi got up fast and held her. Then he turned to old madam and said: “Mother, Su yiniang is pregnant. Don’t toss her so. After all, son is already a middle aged man. It’s not easy. Hope that mother will agree.”
Those words of old madam just now are just to probe out Yun Xuan Zhi’s attititude. Now that she knows that he is a shield for Su Qing, old madam also knows with which tone, she should speak. She nodded with a slightly cold face and let people come get a stool for Su Qing. Then did she speak again: “In the end, what is that matter that you even had to call Meng er over?! At this moment you’re pregnant and Meng er is a girl. If she saw something, she shouldn’t have seen, wouldn’t people say that the rules of xiangfu are lax?”
Facing with such degree of provocation, naturally Su Qing won’t put it to mind. At this moment, she lovingly exchanged a glance with Yun Xuan Zhi. After that did she answered old madam: “Nubi wasn’t thoughtful enough, hope that old madam will forgive nubi. However, today’s matter is related to eldest miss. That’s why nubi took the liberty to invite eldest miss over.”
Hearing that, Yun Qian Meng’s eyebrows raised a little. A suspicious light entered the eyes. She looked puzzled at Su Qing: “Relate to me? What is this matter?!”
Su Qing saw that Yun Qian Meng is putting on an act. In her heart she said that later Yun Qian Meng will show her true colors. So she didn’t hurry to expose Yun Qian Meng. She said with a smile: “Eldest miss, don’t need to be nervous. Naturally, this is good matter.”
The people heard Su Qing saying those words, their eyes exposed doubts. Especially old madam. The eyes looking at Yun Qian Meng has blame in them as if Yun Qian Meng is also concealing something from her.
Seeing that, Yun Qian Meng knew that her analysis this afternoon of Su Qing is correct. Seeing old madam’s attitude, Su Qing must’ve calculated everyone’s temper when planning all of this. Following old madam’s suspicious personality, she put this topic in the air and didn’t uncover it, letting the misunderstanding that old madam has against herself (YQM) grew bigger and bigger. And Su Qing became the one watching a show from all side lines.
Yun Qian Meng didn’t dodge. She smiled generously at old madam and slowly said: “The best matter is about Su yiniang giving birth to a boy for father. In face of such a matter, any good matter will become insignificant!”
Old madam saw that Yun Qian Meng’s eyes are full of honesty and she heard the meaning of the words. She knew that Su Qing deliberately said that to alienate their feelings. She glared at Su Qing with eyes full of anger.
Su Qing also really didn’t think that Yun Qian Meng is this tough. She obviously pointed the spearhead at her (YQM). The old madam’s eyes just now also explained that it worked, but in a blink of eye, Yun Qian Meng turned things around. She, herself again became the thorn in old madam’s eyes. Thinking about that, Su Qing became more carefully in dealing with Yun Qian Meng.
At that side, Yun Ruo Xue is already anxious. Occasionally, she pulled the clothes on Su Qing’s back as to remind her to not waste time on riddles.
Su Qing saw that Yun Ruo Xue is so impetuous, her mind flashed anger. And another thought, Yun Qian Meng mouth is so eloquent. It’s better to get to the point now, otherwise Yun Qian Meng will be able to get shift the topic and all will be for nothing.
Therefore, Su Qing no longer goes in circles and directly cut the chase. With serious eyes she looked at Yun Qian Meng. Her eyes are looming with tears. Her voice is choking: “Eldest Miss, nubi asked you to come today, it’s because the matter of the dowry that furen left!”
After hearing those words, Yun Xuan Zhi’s eyes turned more serious. And old madam is looking forward to it. The body that is originally sitting on a soft pillow, involuntarily sat up and is waiting for Su Qing’s following words.
Yun Qian Meng saw the two people’s expressions. From that glance she can conclude that Yun Xuan Zhi knows the matter of Su Qing making Qu Ruo Li’s dowry her own. And old madam’s eyes are full of greed. Her mind must’ve gone to the dowry.
Yun Qian Meng put together her thoughts and calmly said: “Dowry? I don’t know about such a thing. Could it be that mother’s dowry have been hidden by Su yiniang?”
While saying that, Yun Qian Meng opened her eyes and stared puzzled at Su Qing.
Su Qing got so angry because of Yun Qian Meng that she almost vomited blood.
What “hidden”? What “don’t know”? If Yun Qian Meng really doesn’t know, will she use tricks to force herself (SQ) surrender the dowry? And the consequences of that word “hidden”can be guessed. Old madam will surely not let herself (SQ) go. Even if she gives the entire dowry back to Yun Qian Meng, old madam will suspect that she is still hiding some other treasure. Su Qing reminded herself again and again to be careful of Yun Qian Meng. While in battle, this little slut’s mouth can always speak some words that can put other people to death. It really makes Su Qing furious.
But since the words have been uttered from her own mouth in front of Yun Xuan Zhi and old madam, Su Qing can’t take them back. She can only say smilingly: “Eldest miss has got it wrong! Nubi isn’t qualified to hid furen’s dowry. It’s just that these few years nubi watched over it instead of furen. And seeing that miss is still young, so I took care of it for miss. Since miss now already got the hairpin, of course, all if these should be given back to you.”
Su Qing words just landed and old madam’s heart already got anxious. What is “give back to Yun Qian Meng’? This dowry has been brought to xiangfu by Qu Ruo Li. Now that Qu Ruo Li isn’t here anymore, this wealth of course should be attributed to xiangfu. What has it to do with Yun Qian Meng? Don’t tell me that she should marry off with this dowry? Is this Su Qing confused because of being pregnant? Normally she is smart and tough. Today it’s like she burnt her mind and actually said those untimely words! Just thinking about handing such a large dowry to others, old madam felt it’s like someone put a dagger in her heart. Really painful. She hastily wanted to open her mouth to stop it.
“Old madam, xiangye, eldest miss, Fu Guo Gong Fu’s Hou furen has come!”
At this time, a maids voice came from the door and blocked old madam’s words.
“Jiumu6 has come! Father, do you want to let jiumu in? Meng er hasn’t seen jiumu in a long time,” Yun Qian Meng saw that old madam still wanted to say something so she carefully requested Yun Xuan Zhi.
Yun Xuan Zhi looked once at Su Qing who is shaking her head lightly and thought of Fu Guo Gong Fu’s support. Carefully thinking once gain again, did he nod and commanded: “Let Hou furen come in!”
Then he stood up and bowed to old madam: “Mother, it’s inconvenient here for son. Son will leave first!”
Old madam also knows the importance of reputation. So she nodded to Yun Xuan Zhi and let him go.
Seeing that Yun Xuan Zhi has left, old madam want to open her mouth again but the moment Yun Xuan Zhi set a foot outside, Ji Shu Yu put a foot inside and entered the chamber, making old madam put aside the matter and put some spirit to meet Ji Shu Yu
“Zhixi7 have seen old madam!”
The moment Ji Shu Yu entered the chamber, she looked once deeply at Yun Qian Meng and then she greeted old madam warmly.
And old madam because of the identity of Houye’s8 furen is facing herself, she actually lowered her status. With her face full of smiles, she took Ji Shu Yu to sit beside her. The two people began talking eagerly.
Yun Qian Meng saw that Ji Shu Yu has come, her heart couldn’t help but sigh in relief. The smile on her face relaxed a little.
At this time Su Qing’s eyes no longer have the proud from just now. A deep anger is hidden under the eyes. She wished she could make a hole in Ji Shu Yu who suddenly appeared.
“Old madam, these few years was your body well? The moment since our Lao Tai Jun knew that you’ve come back to xiangfu with Meng er, she has been looking forward to meeting you. It’s just that in a few days is Lao Tai Jun’s birthday. But she is impatient and afraid that you’re not used to Jindu’s water and soil after leaving for so many years. So she let me to come bring some yanwo9 and ginseng to you after dinner. And also let me bring two blood corals. It’s said that’s good for old people. She also let me move the warm partition of her room over. This is a tribute. There’s only ten. Empress Dowager’s heart has Lao Tai Jun and gave two to houfu.”
Because of Ji Shu Yu’s noble identity, Su Qing didn’t dare to be rash. The entire inner chamber only heard the voice of Ji Shu Yu.
Seeing that she explained for what she has come, the moment she entered and she came with rare gifts, it instantly blocked old madam’s mouth and let her mind wander dar away from the dowry. And the moment her words left, several maids form houfu carried the things for old madam to take a look. The supplements are from good quality and all good proportioned.
After the old madam looked at all of that, she saw two girls carrying a miniature tree of half the height of people. Ji Shu Yu personally approached it and lifted the red satin that was covering it. It was very bright in it. The coral shone under the candlelight, making old madam and Su Qing stunned.
Ji Shu Yu saw that the objective is achieved let the maid cover it back with the red silk cloth. She sat down beside old madam again and said smilingly: “Is old madam satisfied? Lao Tai Jun is an upright person. To those she loves, she could dig her heart and lungs. To those she doesn’t like, she would skin their skin their skins and give them cramps. But, Lao Tai Jun is the most compatible with old madam, so she let zhixi sent this over by night. Old madam, please don’t dislike them!”
How will old madam dislike them?!
Ji Shu Yu said it so clearly and plainly. Lao Tai Jun is thinking highly of herself (old madam). That’s why she brought such good things to xiangfu. Not to mention that this coral is a rare treasure. Others will feel deeply honored even if they glanced at it. And she herself got two herself without reason. It’ll make all the old madams in Jingdu jealous.
Old madam eyes flashed lights. The pupils couldn’t be seen any more in the laughing eyes. She held Ji Shu Yu hands and happily said: “This is Lao Tai Jun’s mind. Originally, I felt that they are too precious and afraid to accept them, but furen said the words so clearly, this old body can only accept it with a thick face! This old body will certainly go to Lao Tai Jun’s birthday and let her have a good time. I need to also ask Hou furen to take the trouble and convey my words to Lao Tai Jun.”
After seeing that old madam has accepted the gifts, Ji Shu Yu glanced at the chamber once. She saw Yun Qian Meng standing at silently at a side and beckoned her to come. She held Yun Qian Meng’s hand and looked at her from head to feet. After that did the hanging heart finally came down. She said smilingly: “Old madam, don’t laugh at zhixi. Zhixi took this job from Lao Tai Jun actually also has a selfish motive. After all, there isn’t a biological mother at Meng er’s side. I, as a jiumu feel really heartache, so I took this opportunity to come over.”
Old madam listened smilingly to Ji Shu Yu. Naturally, she’ll also need to show concern as a zumu for her granddaughter. Immediately, she praised Yun Qian Meng in front of Ji Shu Yu: “Furen, this child, Meng er is really considerate and well behaved. After this old body came these past few days, everyday Meng er will come pay respect at twilight and is also caring towards a sister who just arrived. Don’t need to say furen, I, this zumu is also feeling really heartache!”
Ji Shu Yu hearing old madam mention sister that just arrived, her eyes flashed a strange light. At the same time she looked a Yun Qian Meng with a worried look. Just that when she saw Yun Qian Meng gave her a reassuring look, did she not continue to ask. But she pretended to be surprised and asked old madam: “Old madam, zhixi will say some words that zhixi shouldn’t say. This is a yiniang’s residence. Why is our Meng er, who is a legitimate daughter, here? Besides, it’s night right now. If this get out, I’m afraid that it’ll ruin Meng er’s reputation.”
Ji Shu Yu spoke softly but the tone is a little rough. Plus her status is high, giving people the feeling of being oppressed.
Old madam didn’t think that Ji Shu Yu will ask this. She felt that her old face didn’t have any light anymore. In her heart, she couldn’t help but start complaining at Yun Xuan Zhi and Su Qing.
At this time Yun Qian Meng is aware of her zumu’s distress. Full of thoughts, she explained for her zumu: “Jiumu may not know. Originally, zumu also didn’t know and has been invited here by Su yiniang.”
Hearing that, Ji Shu Yu’s face slightly sank. A knife like gaze shot towards Su Qing. A cold tone said: “I actually didn’t know that a yiniang’s arrogance is so great. She actually can invite old madam and eldest miss. Tomorrow, I’ll go into the palace and ask the empress dowager if yiniangs are now so big.”
Su Qing has been prodded by Ji Shu Yu, her face suddenly turned ugly. She immediately kneeled in front of old madam and said with mercy: “Old madam, nubi didn’t have such meaning. Old madam, please look into it.”
Old madam also didn’t want to let this matter get big in front of Ji Shu Yu. Otherwise, if it gets to His Majesty, the one who will get bad luck is Yun Xuan Zhi. So she took her smiling face and said good words to Ji Shu Yu: “Furen, don’t get angry. This old body will certainly take care of these nubis and will never let Meng er be wronged!”
Yun Qian Meng hearing the love that old madam has for her, her eyes immediately reddened. She grabbed Ji Shu Yu hand and said: “Jiumu, Meng er hasn’t been wronged. Jiumu, don’t get angry to prevent the body form getting ill. Meng er will feel heartache then.”
Ji Shu Yu’s hand has been grabbed by Yun Qian Meng and seeing her (YQM) pitiful state, she sighed heavily. Then did she relent: “Jiumu knows. But in the end what is the matter that lets you come here in the middle of the night?”
Hearing Ji Shu Yu ask, Su Qing’s heart is in her throat. But because of her lowly status, she isn’t eligible to speak. She can only strain her hands and looking forward that old madam will be able to stop it.
But old madam has been scared by Ji Shu Yu just bow. She didn’t dare to stop Yun Qian Meng from answering. She can only look distressed at Yun Qian Meng for her to open her mouth.
Yun Qian Meng and Ji Shu Yu brought the two people’s expressions into their eyes. Both’s eyes glowed a little happy. Then the sound of Yun Qian Meng’s voice can be heard: “Jiumu, just now Su yiniang was talking about mother’s dowry! Presumably it’s to give back mother’s dowry to Meng er. That’s why she send people to invite zumu and Meng er over.”
Ji Shu Yu hearing the reason, her expression got slightly better. But her heart still has doubts: “So you are saying that our miss dowry is in the hands of Su yiniang? What power does Su yiniang have to dominate the dowry of the official wife for so many years?”
Su Qing hearing Ji Shu Yu questioning, her heart suddenly flicked. She argued in a small voice: “Furen has misunderstood. This is entrusted to nubi by our furen before she died. She let nubi hand it over to miss after miss get the hairpin. What nubi did today is just trying to give everything back to miss.”
But Su Qing’s explanation hasn’t been accepted by Ji Shu Yu. She humped coldly and coldly said: “Entrusted before she died? Who are you that our miss will give you something so important? Do you think that our Fu Guo Gong Fu is dead? Or is she afraid that her own family will swallow her own miss’s things?”
After such remark, even old madam felt that this matter is important. She broke of the idea of wanting to get the dowry for herself. At this time, old madam didn’t have the hope that Ji Shu Yu will be merciful. She let her gaze go to Yun Qian Meng and hope that she (YQM) will say some good words.
Yun Qian Meng knew. She carefully shook Ji Shu Yu’s hand and cautious said: “Jiumu, Su yiniang after all is still father’s concubine. We should only bother with mother’s dowry. Don’t get angry over unimportant matter. Meng er will feel heartache.”
Ji Shu Yu has been turned soft over her words. The chill on her face softened. She raised her hand and patted Yun Qian Meng’s forehead and helplessly said: “You, ah!”
Then she turned her head and said sternly to old madam: “Old madam, this is originally a matter of xiangfu. I shouldn’t interfere as an outsider, but our Meng er doesn’t have a biological mother since birth. If I don’t see her as a biological daughter, then nobody will care for her. I’ve come today and encountered this matter. I have to interfere. As for the yiniangs who cause trouble will be left for xiangye to take care off. What does old madam think?”
Old madam saw that Ji Shu Yu already come to this and seeing her mentioning the dowry, she immediately nodded and replied hastily: “Furen’s remark isn’t right. We are relatives. Furen helping Meng er managing the dowry is a right thing.”
Ji Shu Yu hearing that, nodded slightly. Her gaze turned to Su Qing and she coldly said: “Su yiniang, you should hand the dowry now. I’ll let this old mama follow you. Piece for piece will she write down and bring it back to Fu Guo Gong Fu to compare to what was written previously. If nothing is missing, this matter will be over. But if one is missing, everyone better be prepared to face the consequences.”
Su Qing has been kneeling on the ground all this time. Her stomach is already full of anger. This time hearing Ji Shu Yu’s forcing herself, a new anger entered her heart. ‘Pu chi’ sound can be heard. Blood immediately flowed form her mouth and Su Qing fainted in a blink of eye.
“Come (people), carry Su yiniang to another room!”
Old madam only felt that in this lifetime, she hasn’t been in shame like this in front of the relatives. Immediately, she pointed at several mama to carry Su Qing away. And Ji Shu Yu called Wang mama to let her point out the place where the dowry is hidden. She herself is following Wang mama step by step. Seeing Wang mama open a wall in the inner chamber, she commanded the maids from Fu Guo Gong Fu to bring out the things and register them.
Old madam looking at all the dowry that has filled Feng He Yuan and still has many left to bring out, she felt pain in her heart. But because of Ji Shu Yu’s presence, she can only curse Su Qing at one side and at the other side she can only said that these things long need to get back to its owner.
Ji Shu Yu and Yun Qian Meng hearing the words of old madam which didn’t match her heart, in the dark these two people laughed!
- 儿(er): form of endearment.
- 奴婢 (núbì): slave
- 吃醋 (chī cù): eat vinegar. It means getting jealous in Chinese.
- 夫人 (fūrén): madam
- 丫头 (Yātou): terms of endearment for a girl
- 舅母(jiùmu): what a niece calls the wife of her mother’s brother.
- 侄媳 (Zhí xí): nephew daughter in law
- 侯爷(hóu yé): marquise. The five orders of feudal nobility in , namely: Duke 公, Marquis 侯, Count 伯, Viscount 子, Baron.
- 燕窝(yànwō); edible bird nest.